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Microplastics pollution: risks, occurrences & the case of synthetic textiles

Microplastics are widespread in the environment causing rising concerns in terms of environmental pollution and potential risks to human health. Available evidence shows that precautionary measures are needed to reduce their presence in the environment.

The session will discuss risk and occurrence of microplastics, in particular from synthetic textiles during their entire life-cycle e.g. washing and transmission of microplastics into waste water treatment.


  • Professor Richard Thompson, Marine Biologist and Director, Marine Institute, University of Plymouth
  • Elena Buzzi, Policy Analyst, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)
  • Frédérique Mongodin, Senior Marine Litter Policy Officer at Seas at Risk, Rethink  Plastic Alliance
  • Mauro Scalia, Director, Sustainable Businesses, The European Apparel and Textile Industry (EURATEX)


Session 2.2
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Room 2